Question of the Week

Just a little update on my reading adventures for the week. I can’t get enough of the Crown and Key series! It is so action packed and that is my favorite kind of story! I love excitement and overcoming danger against all odds! The Griffiths’ characters are flawed heroes who have their own personal issues to face, while the group pushes forward together to defeat an, as yet, unknown foe. If only my little sprites didn’t have to awaken at the crack of dawn I would stay up all night and finish!

A favorite quote and taste of the humor in The Undying Legion: Crown and Key Book 2

“‘Miss Kate, are you not using silverware because I’m a werewolf?'”

“‘No, dear…We’re not using silverware because we melted it all for weapons when [the other werewolves] attacked us.'”

If you are interested, I came across a fellow blogger who posted an interview with the Griffiths when the trilogy was published. The BiblioSanctum features the interview and a detailed review of the books.


In honor of February, I thought a discussion question about romances might be fun.

What is your favorite book couple?

Why are they your favorite? We wouldn’t have story without characters! And many characters fall in love. So what makes this couple stand out to you? Can’t wait to read your choices.


February Reading

I may love movies and TV, but there are hardly words to describe how I feel about books. I hope that you will join me and either continue to hold them passionately dear to your heart, or come to experience books in a whole new way. My desire is to use The Story Realm to introduce you to new books, re-examine older books and delve deeper into all books. I do hope you will come along for the ride!


The Shadow Revolution: Crown and Key

Yesterday, February 1, I finished this first installment of the Crown and Key trilogy. The authors Clay and Susan Griffith are a husband and wife writing team – which I find really fun and I’m not usually interested in team written works.


Today I jumped right into the second installment: The Undying Legion. So far, I’m super engrossed and really excited to find out what happens. The book is extremely fast paced and action packed! The story is reminiscent of the newer versions of Sherlock Holmes in theme and wit. The fantasy and alchemic references mirror that of my all time favorite anime, Fullmetal Alchemist (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood). In as far as the first book goes, I highly recommend it.  I’ll keep you updated as I finish the series. (Also – a shout out to Columbia, South Carolina’s Richland Library that has brand new editions of all three books. Buying books is always awesome, but don’t forget to support your local library.) (Rated: adult fiction/fantasy – PG-13 for violence)

February Read Alongs

In other reading news, I have joined some new Instagram friends in a couple of read alongs for the month of February.

The High Ladies @thecourtofbooksandreaders and their Good Reads is currently reading The Siren by Kiera Cass. So if you are a fan of The Selection series, you may want to give it a go. (YA novel – haven’t started it yet so I can’t rate it.)


Image from: @thecourtofbooksandreaders

Also, @babblingbooks and her blog spot: has a read along going for The Lies of Locke Lamora. She does warn about language and adult situations in the book.


Image from: @babblingbooks and

I’m 6 chapters in and I would definitely give this one an R rating.  But the characters and setting are intriguing and I am interested to figure out this Locke character. (Rated: adult fantasy fiction – R)


Come on in! The readings fine!